Fort McCoy News Oct. 13, 2017

News Notes

Fall Harvest Celebration set for Oct. 14

USO Fort McCoy will host a Fall Harvest Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at building 1501.

The celebration will feature a homegrown pumpkin weight contest, pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin), face painting, a photo booth, and hot cider and coffee.

USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information, call 414-477-7279.

Holiday card workshops scheduled for Oct. 21, Dec. 2

Family Christmas Card Workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and Dec. 2 at the Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

Families may create personalized holiday cards using stickers and stamp art. Supplies will be furnished. Supplies will be available for other seasonal holidays, as well.

Class size is limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Exceptional Family Member Program participants may start one hour earlier than the scheduled time.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, DOD and NAF civilians, contractors, registered volunteers, and Family members. Registration is required by Oct. 16 or Nov. 27. For more information, call 608-388-3505.

Health Clinic offers flu shots starting Oct. 24

Walk-in flu vaccinations are available to Fort McCoy civilian personnel from Oct. 24 to Nov. 15 at the Fort McCoy Health Clinic, building 2669.

Vaccinations will be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. Shots are available to civilian (wage grade and general schedule) employees.

For more information, call the clinic at 608-388-3025.

'Connect the Tots' play group meets Oct. 24

The 'Connect the Tots' play group will meet 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

The play groups are for children 5 years old or younger. Through play, transitions, circle time, songs, activities, and informal conversations, parents learn about developmental ages and stages, gain tools to help understand their children's behavior, and become empowered to prepare the Family and children to enter school ready to learn.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Additional play groups are scheduled for Nov. 7, 14, and 28 and Dec. 5 and 12.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

USO STEM challenges planned monthly this fall

USO Fort McCoy will hold STEM challenges for children ages 5 to 12 every month this fall.

The hour-long activities will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 at building 1501. The activities are designed to teach children about science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and how they can change the world. There is no cost, but advance registration is required because seating is limited.

USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information or to register, call 414-477-7279.

Family Calendar Workshops scheduled for Nov. 4, 14

Family Calendar Workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 and 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

November is Military Family month, and to celebrate, Families may create personalized 2018 calendars using stickers, stamp art, and more.

Family photo CDs from the September photo shoots can be picked up during the workshops and used for the calendars.
Supplies will be furnished. Families can bring their own photos to use in the calendars.

Class size is limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Exceptional Family Member Program participants may start one hour earlier than the scheduled time during the first Nov. 4 session and the Nov. 14 session.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, DOD and NAF civilians, contractors, registered volunteers, and Family members. Registration is required by Oct. 30 or Nov. 8. For more information, call 608-388-3505.

Parents: Remember to fill out Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Survey forms soon will be sent home with students in the Tomah Area and Sparta Area school districts.

The Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local school districts for "federally connected" students, such as children who reside on military bases, in low-rent housing properties, on Native American lands, or on other federal properties or who have parents in the armed services or employed at eligible federal properties.

Nationwide, the program disburses roughly $1.3 billion annually in unrestricted federal funds directly to school districts.

Parents need to fill out a form for each child who attends school in the Sparta Area or Tomah Area school districts. Each section needs to be filled out completely and signed and dated by a parent or guardian. Districts cannot count a child for funding if the form is not both signed and dated.

For more information, call the Tomah Area or Sparta Area school district offices or Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer Becky Walley at 608-388-6814.

USO launches mobile app

USO has created a mobile app to help military members locate USO programs and events near them.

The iPhone app launched in late September. The Android app is set to release in mid-October.

The app will allow users to locate USOs near them, see programs and services that are offered at each location, and avoid the check-in kiosks in a center by logging in on their phones.

"By utilizing this app at Fort McCoy, the military will have a better and more efficient way of finding activities on the installation that the USO is part of." said Ellie Hazlett, USO Fort McCoy operations director. "USO will have a digital presence for those who are stationed at Fort McCoy to see what we are doing from the comfort of their office, home, or while traveling."

USO Fort McCoy is working to expand its activities on the installation, Hazlett said. Some planned fall events include STEM classes, art activities, movie nights, and holiday-themed events. While many events are free, some may have a fee to cover costs.

USO Fort McCoy is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The office is located in building 1501 next to R.I.A. Federal Credit Union.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Hazlett at 414-477-7279. USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information about USO Wisconsin, visit www.usowisconsin.org.

Fort McCoy community donates to Feds Feed Families

Fort McCoy community members donated about 500 pounds of food and supplies for the annual Feds Feed Families food drive, said Staff Sgt. Anthony Cintron with Fort McCoy Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison.

The items were collected from June to August and donated to a food pantry in Tomah. Collected items are donated to local communities each year.

For more information about Feds Feed Families, visit www.usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/feds-feed-families.

Post welcomes new employees

New employees started working in several post organizations in October.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Ryan Rosier and Rodney Garlinghouse — Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

• Christopher Vetters — Directorate of Public Works.

• Christopher Hanson — Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Oct. 27.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Oct. 27 issue is noon Oct. 18.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.